The Jesuit fathers taught me various ways to help children from a variety of family backgrounds. I really admire the value of Jesuit education, which always focuses on the “cura personalis” – the care of the person. In fact, our Provincial, Fr. Amrit, reminds us of this concept whenever he visits us. My idea of education was merely transferring knowledge from books and experience. However, Jesuit education has taught me that it is much more than that. When a teacher goes beyond teaching, when he or she takes care of a child and attempts to understand the student as he or she is, teaching becomes a joyful experience. Such a teacher will really prepare the students to face life.
Over the last 20 years, the town of Deonia has developed a lot: access to good roads, to education and to basic amenities; all this because of the presence of St. Xavier’s. The local people have understood the Christians: they see them as people who stand for the values of Justice, Peace and Love. Over the years, the students have been taught to love these values. They stand out from the rest of the youth because of these qualities that they bring to the civil world. The alumni of this school have started contributing their services to the society.
So, once again, on behalf of the St. Xavier’s Deonia family, I would like to thank the Jesuits for their presence here and Father General for visiting us. Father Sosa, your visit is adding more meaning to the life of the Xavierian family.”